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Blackpool Adult, Community and Family Learning will be holding a Festival of Learning from 6-17 September.
Take your pick from a wide variety of courses ranging from improving your IT skills to a wellbeing toolkit and creative writing. Courses will be held at The Healthworks and Palatine Library as well as online.
To book your place, telephone 01253 478131/8032 or 07796 994783 or email:


A few of the courses they currently have available are listed below ( however we do have over 40 different options available)

  •  Understanding Autism (learn how individuals process sensory information, understand characteristics, understand conditions, learn how speech, language and communication differ in people with Autism)
  • Understanding Children and Young Peoples Mental Health (Understand factors which may affect Young Peoples mental health, the impact that they have and how to support them with these issues)
  • Understanding Behaviour That Challenges (supporting positive behaviour, effective communication & how to manage challenging behaviour)
  • Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (understand characteristics of ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia & Dyscalculia, importance of early diagnosis, assessment methods available to diagnose learning difficulties)

Please follow this link to see if you are eligible.

Blackpool Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) is a statutory service. They offer free independent, confidential and impartial information, advice and support to children and young people with special educational needs (SEN), and those with disabilities, and their parents or carers who have children and young people 0-25 years.

They work closely with partners including Blackpool Council, nurseries, schools, colleges, social services, health organisations and the voluntary sector. They are part of the National Information Advice and Support Service Network (IASSN) which operates throughout the UK.

Tea and Talk Information Drop-in Sessions

Do you have a child, young person with SEN (Special Educational Needs), or do you feel that your child/young person is struggling with their education?

Do you have questions about how your child should be supported in nursery, school or college?

If so, why not come along to an informal SENDIASS virtual Skype tea and talk information sessions to see how they can help?

Just contact them via email at to let them know which date you would like to go along and they will send you an invitation; it couldn’t be easier!

Session numbers are limited so register early to secure your preferred date.


Session dates are listed below, times for each are 11.30am to 12.30pm

  • Tuesday 8 June 2021
  • Tuesday 13 July 2021
  • Tuesday 3 August 2021
  • Tuesday 7 September 2021
  • Tuesday 5 October 2021
  • Tuesday 9 November 2021
  • Tuesday 7 December 2021
  • Tuesday 4 January 2022
  • Tuesday 8 February 2022
  • Tuesday 8 March 2022
  • Tuesday 5 April 2022
  • Tuesday 10 May 2022
  • Tuesday 7 June 2022

Kits are from Letterbox Lab (the ‘magic’ kit). Please visit their website to see if you would like to order some for your children!

The Investigate Box and the Explore Box are both a series of 12 science kits. You can get them through a flexible monthly subscription, purchasing them individually or pre-paying for as many months as you want.

Discounts are potentially available to those in receipt of Free School Meals. Please contact school if you are in receipt and are interested in a kit for your child/ren. 

Blackpool local offer

The Blackpool Local Offer gives children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their families. We provide information about what support services Blackpool Council and its partners think will be available in our local area.

Do you sometimes feel you don’t know where to turn for support with your child’s mental health? Do you feel like you are trying to balance lots of different plates?
We are delivering a course of Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing workshops for parents and carers, co-produced and co-delivered by parents and carers who have been in similar situations to yours.
We would love you to come along – they are safe, supportive, free, online, and in school time.

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Parents’ Toolkit: SEND

BBC Bitesize have put together this guidance for parents/carers of children with SEND in understanding supporting their children at home.

The Work Club @ The Bridge is back! Please click this link for more information on accessing help to get back into work.

Please visit for more information.